Six-time Grammy Award nominee Nnenna Freelon and North Carolina Piedmont Laureate Jaki Shelton Green are joining forces to support a local organization of community members with serious mental illnesses.
On Saturday, Nov. 9, Club Nova of Carrboro will host An Evening of Jazz and Poetry at The Chapel of the Cross. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and cocktail hour will begin at 7. A jazz performance by Freelon and a poetry reading by Green will follow at 8.
Club Nova, which follows the Clubhouse model of Clubhouse International, is hosting the event as part of its Capital Campaign, which aims to build a larger facility that will meet the needs of their growing membership. Heather Talton, the Capital Campaign associate for Club Nova, said the plan is to tear down the two current buildings and build one, larger building. The campaign has been ongoing for several years now.
Club Nova supports members in all areas of psychiatric, medical, social and financial care. Club Nova is a local community center of members, not a clinical treatment program.
“We have a community where people with serious mental illness are welcome to come and interact with people and enjoy the community without stigma and without any concerns,” Talton said.